Alkota got its start all the way back in 1964 building steam cleaners in a converted creamery in Alcester, South Dakota; the small rural town we still call home. In fact our very name is an homage to our hometown; Al- for Alcester and -kota for South Dakota.
When a competing company in Vermillion sold to an outside bidder in 1983, seven of its key employees came together to purchase Alkota Manufacturing. The investors had a common business philosophy: treat your customers right, treat your employees right, and the rest will follow. That is still the philosophy the company goes by today. While several of the owners have passed on or retired from the business, three of the seven remain involved to this day.